Posted on January 12, 2015 by Mary Williamson

Get OutsideDid you vow to lose weight, exercise more, reduce stress and spend more quality time with friends and family?  You can do some or all of these things with Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust. Let’s Get Outside is  Greenbelt’s year-long push to inspire people of all ages to discover better health and happiness in nature.

Experts agree that experience outdoors can change the way people feel physically and emotionally. For families and friends, time spent in nature can also build lifelong memories. Greenbelt’s county-wide conserved properties are open free of charge, dawn till dusk, every day for discovery. 

To further encourage outdoor adventures, Greenbelt conducts scheduled, guided walks and spontaneous outdoor activities that offer companionship and the chance to meet new friends. Greenbelt’s web calendar, and facebook page provide information, directions and downloadable maps of local reservations. Also look for the newly published Greenbelt Guide at independent booksellers and outdoor adventure retailers. It offers updated trail and property information for favorite Greenbelt locations to hike, paddle and observe wildlife.

Nature This MonthGreenbelt has also launched Nature this Month, an on-line nature blog and calendar by popular local naturalist Jim MacDougall that will help you learn about and discover the flora and fauna of Essex County.  The blog postings offer a monthly theme, like mammals or songbirds, and weekly suggestions of Greenbelt properties where you can personally experience plant and animal activity outdoors.

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